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Staff Picks: What to Drink at a Not-Great Bar

The Serious Eats Team 37 comments

Maybe you're at the closest dive to home or a hotel bar at a wedding, but it's not where you go for a perfect Sazerac. What, then, is the best drink to order? More

Skeeball, Bowling, Board Games, and More: Our Favorite Brooklyn Bars With Games

Where to Drink: New York Niki Achitoff-Gray 10 comments

It's hard to tease out what takes a bar from middling watering hole to travel-worthy destination. After all, there are date bars and dive bars, beer bars and cocktail bars, hotel bars and dance bars; there are bars for music and celebrations, and there are quiet, empty bars for drinking yourself into a wallowing puddle of self-pity. But if there's one thing I've learned over my ever-so-extensive six years as an of-age drinker, it's that every bar can be improved by one simple addition: a sh*t-ton of games. More

The Best Dive Bars in the Washington DC Area

Where to Drink: Washington DC Brian Oh 10 comments

Washington DC has its share of trendy cocktail bars and hipster hideouts, but the district's dive bars have clung to life, thriving on decades of drinking history and fierce local loyalty. Here are 8 of our favorite dive bars in the DC area. More

The Best Dive Bars in Portland, OR

Where to Drink: Portland Amoris Walker 7 comments

Portland has plenty of great dives, complete with scruffy regulars, weird decor, cheap drinks, pinball, and drunken grandmas dancing at noon. Here are our 8 favorites. More

The Best Dive Bars in Seattle

Where to Drink: Seattle Naomi Bishop Tomky 11 comments

The best dive bars are defined not by what you drink (though it's mostly beer—rarely do the mixed drinks have more than two ingredients), but by environment and patrons. At a great dive bar, the regulars look like they've been on their stools for years. The diviest bars still smell faintly of smoke, even though the smoking ban was put in place most of a decade ago. Most importantly, though, the best dive bars help you forget the stressors of the outside world. More

8 Great Dive Bars in Los Angeles

Where to Drink: Los Angeles Farley Elliott 5 comments

Every neighborhood in Los Angeles has its own dark, slightly sticky haunt. Here are our 8 favorites. More

Memories Lounge in Sarasota, FL is a Dive Bar to Remember

Jamie Feldmar 8 comments

I love a dive bar. Can't help myself; I just do. I've picked my poison in dive bars all over the world, each one special in their own way, but my very favorite dive is Memories Lounge in Sarasota, Florida, a gem of an establishment physically adjacent to a liquor store in a strip mall near the airport. More

8 Great Dive Bars In Chicago

Where to Drink: Chicago Amy Cavanaugh 9 comments

Chicago is a fantastic city for dive bars. Here's our handy list of 8 great options we recommend. More

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